Albums to look forward to in 2019

Get your diaries ready, 2019's gonna be a busy one

It’s time to start looking ahead at what we can expect from 2019. The answer: a whole lot of goodness if all of this lot keep their promises and release the albums we’ve been waiting for. Here’s to 2019 and, hopefully, a busy year for great records.


1Tame Impala - 'TBA'

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Kevin Parker of Tame Impala performs at the 2017 Panorama Music Festival at Randall's Island on July 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage) WireImage
Release date: TBC What's on it: We've no idea - Kevin Parker has suggested we won't know until it's time for the record to be released, because he likes "that the first time people hear it is the kind of recorded glory." What can we expect: Maybe some big collaborations? Kevin's been working with a lot of people - Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, SZA, Theophilus London - since 'Currents' so his new network of musical pals might pop up somewhere.

2Stormzy - 'TBA'

Stormzy - 'TBA' Release date: TBC What's on it: Stormzy's keeping tight-lipped about the whole thing so you'll have to wait to find out. What can we expect: The man himself isn't saying much but producer Fraser T. Smith has said not to expect him to just redo 'Gang Signs & Prayer'. "It’s going to be an incredibly exciting journey and an incredibly exciting sophomore album," he told Music Week.

3Grimes - 'TBA'

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What’s on it: Grimes shared snippets of two songs this summer that could make the final cut, calling them a “cheesy love song” and an “ethereal chav jam that’s like a cyberpunk interpretation of the Bajirao Mastani movie.” Obviously.
What can we expect: There’s not much definite info around currently but Grimes herself told a fan the next record would be “highly collaborative and most glorious light” so expect some special guests cropping up.

4My Bloody Valentine - 'TBA'

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Release date: TBA What's on it: No word of any of the tracks yet but the group did play a new song at Meltdown this summer that could feature. What can we expect: The band haven't given too many details on what to expect, other than a lot of new material in the coming months. Kevin Shields has revealed the band are set to work on another new record immediately after finishing up this one.

5Migos - 'Culture III'

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Release date: January. What's on it: No tracklist has been confirmed at present. What can we expect: The trio haven't given us much to go on at present but we'd expect some collaborations to crop up - perhaps with Cardi B, who's worked with Migos before and is married to Offset, or maybe with Drake, who the three rappers have been on tour with in the US.

6Kanye West - 'Yandhi'

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Release date: TBA What's on it: Supposedly, collaborations with the late XXXTentacion and controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, but knowing Kanye, that could all change. What can we expect: We'd suggest expecting the unexpected - Yeezy is likely to surprise us all, whether that's for better or worse.

7Lana Del Rey - 'Norman Fucking Rockwell'

Release date: "The top of 2019" What's on it: We've already heard quite a few songs from the record, including the mournful 'Venice Bitch', classic LDR bop 'Mariners Apartment Complex', and piano ballad 'How To Disappear'. She's also teased another track called 'Sylvia Plath' and a collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly, which could end up on the record. What can we expect: "It was in the vein of a Laurel Canyon sound,” she told Radio 1 when 'Mariners Apartment Complex' was released. “And it’s kind of transformed a little bit because there’s some surf elements to some of the songs – it’s not really surfy like Dick Dale but a lot of electric guitar, a little Red Hot Chili Peppers influence in there."

8The 1975 - 'Notes On A Conditional Form'

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Release date: Potentially June 1, but that could change. What's on it: We'll have to wait until 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' is released for more info, but Matty Healy has said '28', originally by Drive Like I Do (aka The 1975 before they were The 1975) will make an appearance. What can we expect: A "nighttime" record, according to the band's manager.

9Rihanna - 'TBA'

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Release date: TBA What's on it: Apparently RiRi has been busy working on two albums - one of "chart-friendly songs" and another of "moody and experimental tracks." What can we expect: If reports are to be believed, a lot of dancehall. Apparently Rihanna's been in the studio with some of the biggest producers and artists in the genre to help make the record another certified banger.

10The Distillers - 'TBA'

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 05: Brody Dalle of The Distillers performs at Shaky Knees Music Festival at Atlanta Central Park on May 5, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images) Getty Images
Release date: TBA What's on it: A new album hasn't exactly been confirmed as yet but the reunited punks did release a new single in 'Man Vs Magnet' and 'Blood In Gutters' earlier this year, so we'd imagine at least one of those tracks would feature on an eventual LP. What can we expect: No-holds-barred, fearless punk with a pop edge landing somewhere between the band's last record, 2003's 'Coral Fang', and frontwoman Brody Dalle's solo album, judging by the two new songs.

11Slipknot - 'TBA'

Release date: TBA, but Corey Taylor has suggested the record will be out in summer. What's on it: The monstrous new song 'All Out Life', we'd imagine. What can we expect: Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Taylor promised something dark, heavy, melodic, fierce, angry, and "raw as hell." In an interview with Metal Hammer, he added: "Some of this shit is just so hard and dirty fast. It’s fucking really good. It’s also us at our most ambitious, our most experimental, also us doing what we fucking do best which is basically when everybody thinks they’ve got us figured out, we just smack them in the face with everything we’ve got."

12Dua Lipa - 'TBA'

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Release date: TBA What's on it: The pop star's keeping schtum about her second record's contents for now. What can we expect: Dua told GQ: "It is a pop album that you’re going to be able to dance to, but a lot of the songs are sad - they’re about heartbreak and they’re about going through some emotional manipulation."

13The Raconteurs - 'TBA'

ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Jack White of The Raconteurs performs at Orlando Calling Music Festival - Day 1 at Florida Citrus Bowl on November 12, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Scott Legato/WireImage) WireImage
Release date: TBA What's on it: Your guess is as good as ours. What can we expect: It's hard to say with The Raconteurs - they're not the most predictable of bands and it will have been over a decade since their last album by the time we got hold of this newie so everything could have changed. Will Jack White's hip-hop experiments from his latest solo album 'Boarding House Reach' continue over to this record?

14Chance The Rapper - 'TBA'

Release date: TBA What's on it: Chance has confirmed the record will have seven tracks. What they are is still a mystery at present. What can we expect: An appearance from Kanye seems likely after the pair have been in the studio together in Chicago.

15Cardi B - 'TBA'

Release date: TBA What's on it: Possibly her latest single and Black Panther-quoting anthem, 'Money'. What can we expect: Confidence, sauciness, and some slamming tunes. Details about the follow-up to 'Invasion Of Privacy' are scarce but, with the momentum Cardi's on right now, we'd expect it to be challenging for album of the year.

16Adele - 'TBA'

Release date: TBA, but its rumoured to be released around Christmas 2019. What's on it: Nothing's made its way out of the studio yet. What can we expect: If it's classic Adele, some powerhouse ballads that move you to tears, whether you like it or not.

17Foals - ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’

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Release date: TBA
 What’s on it: No tracks have been confirmed at present. What can we expect: Not one, but two albums. While teasing the record, the band suggested it would be released as Part 1 and Part 2. On Instagram, they confirmed to a querying fan that meant two albums rather than one split in half. Aside from that, we don’t know much about the records yet, although frontman Yannis Philippakis has said the band needed to “go through some sort of violent change” in whatever they did next.

18Solange - ‘TBA’

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 17: Singer-songwriter Solange performs onstage during Day for Night festival on December 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage) WireImage
Release date: TBA 
What’s on it: It’s currently a mystery. What can we expect: Solange told the New York Times last year her follow-up to ‘A Seat At The Table’ had “a lot of jazz at the core”, as well as “electronic and hip-hop drum and bass because I want it to bang and make your trunk rattle.” She also teased a potential surprise release, so keep your eyes peeled.

19Mark Ronson - ‘TBA’

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 09: Musician/DJ Mark Ronson performs at iHeartRadio and Mastercard's live event during the 2019 International CES at Drai's Nightclub Las Vegas on January 9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) Getty Images for iHeartMedia
Release date: TBA
 What’s on it: Country-disco Miley Cyrus collab ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’, tracks with Lykke Li, The xx’s Romy Madley-Croft, and King Princess, and plenty of other sad bangers. What can we expect: Ronson hasn’t become one of pop’s go-to producers without knowing his way around a hook and some classic songwriting. It seems impossible that his new solo album won’t showcase both of those, while the tracks were inspired by his divorce.

20Childish Gambino - ‘TBA’

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during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. WireImage
Release date: TBA
 What’s on it: Maybe ‘This Is America’, maybe ‘Summertime Magic’ or ‘Feels Like Summer’. What can we expect: Will Gambino’s next, and possibly last, album continue down the politically-charged lane of ‘This Is America’ or opt for more feel-good, brighter moments like ‘Summer Pack’? It could go either way or be a mixed bag of the two. Whatever he does, expect it to be a magnificent addition to his ever-growing legacy.

21Sleater-Kinney - ‘TBA’

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Release date: TBA
 What’s on it: We’ve not been given any hints yet. What can we expect: A St. Vincent-produced masterpiece, unless something goes very wrong. The iconic band recently confirmed Annie Clark was behind the mixing desk on the follow-up to 2016’s ‘No Cities To Love’, setting some sections of the internet into a merry spin.

22Liam Gallagher - ‘TBA’

Liam Gallagher
SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 15: Liam Gallagher performs on stage during day two of the 2018 Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 15, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images) Getty Images
Release date: TBA 
What’s on it: Nothing’s confirmed at yet but expect Liam to stick to what he does best - absolute anthems. What can we expect: In February, he told NME it would be “a bit more up-tempo, a bit more in-yer-face [and] less apologetic” than ‘As You Were’. He also suggested he’d like to do a “proper out-and-out punk rock album”, so we’ll see how far he takes that.

23King Princess - ‘TBA’

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Release date: TBA
 What’s on it: There’s no confirmed tracklist but ‘Pussy Is God’ could make an appearance. What can we expect: Some of the smartest, most instantly loveable pop around right now, if Mikaela Straus’ work so far is anything to go by. She also told NME last year her debut would see her re-embracing her hometown of New York.

24Giggs - 'Big Bad'

READING, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Giggs performs on stage during Day 3 of the Reading Festival at Richfield Avenue on August 27, 2017 in Reading, England. (Photo by C Brandon/Redferns) Redferns
Release date: February 22 What’s on it: The rapper is keeping shtum on the tracklist so far. What can we expect: All we’ve got to go on at the moment is a trailer for the record. It’s soundtracked by what is presumably music from the record and it sounds powerfully menacing, all whirring melodies and dark, grinding beats.


27Toronto Fans Cheer On The Raptors At 'Jurassic Park' For Game Six Of The NBA Finals

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 13: Toronto rapper Drake watches a screen alongside other Toronto Raptors fans as they gather to watch Game Six of the NBA Finals outside of Scotiabank Arena on June 13, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

282016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 1

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Julian Casablancas of The Strokes performs during the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 1 at Randall's Island on June 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)

292019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Day 3

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - APRIL 27: Katy Perry performs during the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 50th Anniversary at Fair Grounds Race Course on April 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)





35All Points East Festival - Week Two

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels perform live on stage during the All Points East Festival at Victoria Park on May 31, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

36All Points East Festival - Week Two

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels perform live on stage during the All Points East Festival at Victoria Park on May 31, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

37The Meadows Music & Arts Festival - Day 1

performs onstage during Day 1 of The Meadows Music & Arts Festival at Citi Field on September 15, 2017 in New York City.


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40Weezer And Pixies Perform At Shoreline Amphitheatre

<> of Weezer performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 7, 2018 in Mountain View, California.

41Radio 1's Big Weekend - Middlesborough

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Charli XCX performs at the Radio 1 Big Weekend at Stewart Park on May 25, 2019 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Redferns)



44Radio 1's Big Weekend - Middlesborough

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Sam Fender performs at the Radio 1 Big Weekend at Stewart Park on May 25, 2019 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Redferns)


46Foals - Forest Live Series at Bedgebury Pinetum

GOUDHURST, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Yannis Philippakis of Foals performs live on a stage during Forest Live at Bedgebury Pinetum on June 14, 2019 in Goudhurst, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

472019 iHeartRadio Wango Tango Presented By The JUVÉDERM® Collection Of Dermal Fillers - Show

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 01: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Taylor Swift performs onstage at 2019 iHeartRadio Wango Tango presented by The JUVÉDERM® Collection of Dermal Fillers at Dignity Health Sports Park on June 01, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

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